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HRC36: Denmark directs Human Rights Council’s attention to human rights situation in Syria, Bahrain, OPT/Israel, Egypt, Iran, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Eastern Ukraine & illegally annexed Crimea   

19.09.2017  15:12

UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
36th Session
Item 4: General Debate
Statement by Denmark
 Thank you, Mr. President
Denmark fully aligns itself with the EU statement
We strongly condemn the Syrian regime’s continued violations of international humanitarian and human rights law as well as the indiscriminate use of chemical weapons.  We remain adamant that those responsible must be held accountable.

We reiterate our call for the immediate cessation of reprisals against human rights defenders as well as the release of all arbitrarily detained persons in Bahrain, including the Danish-Bahraini citizen Mr. Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja; a victim of torture and abuse who should be released for immediate treatment and rehabilitation.

We remain concerned with the continuous human rights violations in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in particular with the frequent executions, including juvenile offenders.

Regarding the occupied Palestinian territory, we are deeply concerned at the continuous acts of violence. We condemn terrorist attacks and all other forms of violence and incitement from any side and urge that accountability be upheld.

We reiterate our encouragement to Egypt to take further steps to provide for an enabling environment for CSOs. Denmark notes with concern the restrictive new NGO-law, which is a step in the wrong direction.
We urgently call upon the Government of the DPRK to immediately stop the systematic and very grave human rights violations in the country and to fully implement the recommendations of the resolutions adopted by the HRC and UNGA.
Denmark remains deeply concerned by the deteriorating human rights situation in Eastern Ukraine and in illegally annexed Crimea, where minorities including the Crimean Tatars continue to suffer from intimidation and discrimination. Free and unhindered access for human rights actors and monitors must be granted throughout Ukraine, including Crimea.
I thank you